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Men’s Lacrosse Update

By Kendal Lariviere; For the Clock
On April 18, 2017

Men’s Lacrosse Update 

Kendal Lariviere

For The Clock

klariviere@plymouth.edu 

 

Over the weekend, the PSU Men’s Lacrosse team played their first home game of the season on the New Hampton School turf field against Little East Conference competitor UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs maintained an early lead until the second half, when the Panther offense roared to life, out-scoring UMD 5-1. PSU pulled away with a 7-5 win.

The action was back and forth during the opening half of the game, but the Corsairs struck first, getting on the scoreboard with a goal in the first three minutes of play. The Panthers retaliated when senior Pete Allen (Newbury, NH) netted an unassisted goal with just under five minutes to go in the first quarter. UMD quickly regained the lead, scoring a goal just two minutes later.

The Corsairs extended their lead early in the second quarter, scoring another goal in the first 40 seconds. Sophomore Chris Waterbury (Clinton, CT) made a move to close the gap on the scoreboard, scoring a goal for PSU at 13:19. He was assisted by senior Mac Tetreault (Newbury, NH). With seven minutes left in the half, UMD scored and maintained a lead by two going into halftime.

The third quarter was dominated by the Panther offense, as senior Alex Croatti (Brunswick, ME) opened PSU’s scoring streak with an unassisted goal at 13:36. Allen and classmate Nicco Sorrentino (Chelmsford, MA) followed with two unassisted goals of their own, at 6:06 and 3:57, respectively. The scoring run allowed the Panthers to claim their first lead of the game.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, UMD attempted to revive their offense, evening the score with 7:38 left to play. Tetrault quickly reclaimed the Panther lead, netting an unassisted goal twenty seconds later. Waterbury, assisted by Croatti, tacked on an insurance goal with 34 seconds remaining.

Senior goalie Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, MA) took the win in goal, making ten saves total, seven of which came in the second half. Though the Corsairs outshot PSU 28-22 and claimed 34 ground balls to the Panthers’ 24 ground balls, PSU was able to capitalize on its opportunities and clinch their first conference win of the season with a final score of 7-5.

On Monday, the Panthers played their second LEC game of the season at Salem State University. The game was all about possession, and PSU dominated, winning 17 of 19 face-offs and leading the ground ball game 42- 25. By halftime, PSU held a 6-1 lead.

Four Panthers scored in the first quarter: junior Lucas McCue (Brunswick, ME), Sorrentino, junior Galen Antolino (Exeter, NH), and Tetrault. Antolino was assisted by Sorrentino. Tetrault opened the second quarter of play with his second goal of the game, off a pass from classmate Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, ME) at 13:19. The Vikings finally got on the board seven minutes later, chalking up a goal with 6:10 left in the half. Tetrault notched another unassisted goal before halftime.

The second half was once again dominated by PSU. Junior Drew Lederer (Jefferson, MA) netted an unassisted goal just a minute and fifteen seconds into the third quarter, sparking a 7-0 Panther scoring run. Under a minute later, Antolino scored his second of the game, as- sisted by sophomore Jake Burns (Salem, NH). Sorrentino finished up the quarter, netting his second goal of the game at 0:39.

Sorrentino continued PSU’s scoring streak, sending two more to the back of the net, one of which came on a man-up opportunity, in the opening minute. Both assists were made by Waterbury. Croatti capitalized on another man-up situation, scoring less than a minute later at 13:27 . Senior Ry an Geppert (Dover, NH) wrapped up the scoring for the Panthers with a goal at 11:30, assisted by Sorrentino. LaRiviere had five saves in the Panther net in his 53 minutes of play, allowing only a single goal. The Vikings scored three goals in the last four minutes of play against sophomore goalie Zel Kerkel (Penacook, NH), but it wasn’t enough. PSU walked away with their second Little East Conference win 13-4.

With the two victories, the Panthers climb to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in LEC play. PSU traveled to non-conference competitor New England College on Wednesday, but the score was unavailable for press time. Their next matchup will be at Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday, April 15 at 2:00pm. 

 

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